By Richard Mallion
Along with Mountain Lion, Apple also took the wraps off the next version of iOS, iOS 6.
Due for release sometime in the Autumn, with what one suspects, new hardware; this version has some great features to look forward to.
Among the highlights of new features, these ones really stand out.
Apple have, after all the rumours, finally ditched Google maps in favour of their own mapping system. Along with the standard 2d maps they include 3d maps with a flyover feature, turn by turn navigation and traffic management. One thing that seems to be missing is the equivalent of Google Street view which I use a lot
Siri has been updated to search for new services such as sports information. It looks like here in the UK we will finally get parity with the US on features. One nice touch in the ability to use Siri to a launch applications
Like Twitter, Facebook is now fully integrated into iOS.
This looks quite neat. Passbook is a new wallet app that will consolidate payment cards and electronic tickets. For example, customers at Starbucks can make payments using their Gold Card through Passbook. Also, movie tickets purchased through Fandango can be redeemed through Passbook. Airline boarding passes and even sporting event tickets will be accessible through Passbook as well. A new API will offer developers access to Passbook.
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